The Benedictine community of New Norcia has been awarded $25,000 towards the creation of a Mission Schools Federation Interactive Exhibition.
The exhibition will feature a permanent interactive exhibition in three parts - recognising the experiences of children attending mission schools, a past-pupils memorial wall and an historic activity playground.
Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Rob Johnson said the project was one of 84 that had received funding under the State Government’s 2001 Community Centenary Project.
They bring to 179 the number of Western Australian communities thus far who have been successfully funded to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Federation in 2001.
The round four grants, totalling $1.2 million, form part of the $3.5 million committed by the State Government for community-based projects.
“All of these projects are community initiatives which strive to improve community life and form enduring reminders of the Centenary of Federation, and as such are fully deserving of our support,” Mr Johnson said.
Both regional and metropolitan communities were well represented in the fourth funding round, covering the State from Derby in the north, Walpole in the south and Kalgoorlie/Boulder in the east.
Of the 84 successful projects, 56 benefit communities in regional Western Australia while the remaining 28 projects will enhance the lives of communities in the greater metropolitan area.
Other local projects include a grant of $14,797 to the Coorow and Districts Technology-Development Association to develop a community park in Leeman and $16,000 for the community at Beacon to establish a much-needed community playground and park in the centre of the town.
A fifth and final round of grants totalling $1 million has opened and applications will be received until June 16.
For more information about the WA 2001: Community Centenary Project, write to the Centenary of Federation State Committee at the Constitutional Centre of WA, Havelock St, West Perth, 6872, or phone 1800 653 357.
Media contact: Fran Hodge (08) 9481 3244